Letter from David Donaldson to his mother



Letter from David Donaldson to his mother


Letter discussing his health and his relationship with Joyce.




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Dearest Mamma,
Thankyou very much for your letter, it was one of the most comforting things I have had for a long time. I am feeling much happier now and take an altogether different view of things. This partly is probably because I am very much fitter and though it has’nt [sic] been a case of lack of calomel this time one’s health has a great bearing on [insert] one’s outlook [/insert]. I also think it because I feel sure that whatever happens everything in the end will be allright [sic] for Joyce and myself, and as long as Joyce is in the meantime
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really happy and [deleted] loo [/deleted] well looked after (and I don’t mean financially) I am not worrying anything. I am afraid this all sounds very emotional and distinctly morbid, but it isn’t really at all, I feel really peaceful and at ease about the whole thing. I am being [deleted] in [/deleted] very selfish thinking only of my affairs but we are so fond of each other and I owe her so much that I have to sort these things out. I am terribly grateful to you both for your sympathy and love and understanding when I am so engrossed; [insertion] in myself [\insertion] and only hope that when [deleted word] our children get married I shall be half as good to them. I know exactly what you mean by
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stored up memories, and I always think that it is a wonderful thing to live in the past when there is a past so very much worth living in.
I went and saw Joyce today; she told me she had been posted so I am afraid I nipped over in an aeroplane to see her in spite of my good intentions. She is looking ever so much [insertion] better [/insertion] and was altogether different. She is going to Reading which is most convenient for everybody. I have told her dash out and see them at Two Oaks if she ever gets the chance. She will probably be billeted somewhere; as soon as I know her address, I will give it to you. She is off tomorrow and is getting very excited about the [deleted] lunch [/deleted] launch and whether or not that will be all right.
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I am glad you got your glove. I have sent you a copy of that book duly annotated. I gave Joyce a copy as a memorial to my vanity but I think my vanity can cope with at least two memorials.
I have moved out to my new abode; the house used to be a private looney bin, and the room next door but one to mine was the padded cell. My room is very nice indeed and about the best in the house.
Please thank Pa very much for his letter and enclosures which I will answer; it was very noble of him to take the trouble and I feel aghast at all the wealth he showers on me and my wife.
very much love



David Donaldson, “Letter from David Donaldson to his mother,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed December 2, 2022, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/40132.

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